Dianne Blacklock on making friends with characters

Dianne Blacklock is the author of nine novels of commercial women's fiction, published both in Australia and overseas. She is also a busy freelance editor, with a focus on debut authors of women's fiction and romance titles. Contemporary women's fiction - is it just romance? It's definitely more than romance - not that there's anything wrong with romance! But romance readers can ...

Bianca Nogrady on the business of writing wacky stories

Bianca Nogrady is a freelance science journalist and author with more than a decade of experience as a full-time freelance writer for outlets such as ABC and BBC, Nature, Australian Geographic, the Australian, Scientific American, and Ecos. Bianca works from home in the Blue Mountains and wouldn't give it up for any office job in the world. You've been a full-time ...

Spotlight On: Tina Allen

Our Spotlight On featured writer for April is Tina Allen, a Southern Highlands-based author who lives with her family on a farm near Berrima. Tina worked as a medical scientist at several Sydney teaching hospitals for ten years before becoming a freelance medical writer and editor in 1996. During the past twenty years she has written feature articles for GP ...

Book Review: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

To say that the book The Other Einstein is heartbreaking would be an understatement. Reading it felt like watching your house burn down – you know it’s not going to end well but you can’t look away. The Other Einstein follows the life of Mileva Maric, wife of the infamous Albert Einstein. Marie Benedict first entertained the idea after researching her ...

Book Review: Extinctions by Josephine Wilson

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson is the story of how a man became estranged from his family and how he learns to understand them (and himself) in an attempt to prevent his own personal extinction. Fred Lothian is an expert in the field of concrete. He’s retired and living in a small gated community, wasting his days after his wife passes away. The ...

Jan Cornall on waking up your creative mind

Jan Cornall has written 15 plays and musicals, a feature film, a novel (Take Me To Paradise) and a collection of poems and stories (Archipelagogo). She has received multiple awards and grants, and has taught writing in Australian universities and internationally. There's a general impression that we become less creative as we age, but in your experience, is it possible to ...

Writing On Our Calendar – April 2017

It's the perfect time of year for curling up with a good book, but that doesn't mean there isn't still plenty of reason to get out of the house and appreciate the classic combo of a good literary event and a glass of wine. Check out what's going on around Sydney and further afield this April! April 4: Krissy Kneen In-Conversation ...

Just released! Self-Publishing Program 2017

Do you want to self-publish your book, but you're not sure where to start? This extended program isn't just about covering the specifics of how to take your edited manuscript through the process of self-publishing - when you complete the program you will be able to have your book for sale in print and digital formats. Taking a hands-on approach, this ...

Event Recap: First Friday Club with Evi O

This March brings us the return of First Friday Club, with this month’s guest Evi O. Evi is an award-winning book designer and artist who launched her career with Lantern, an imprint of Penguin Books. Her lush, boldly inspired designs can be found on books like Nam Le’s short story collection The Boat, chef George Calombaris’ recipe book Greek, and ...

Book Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow is a book about wanting to become small. It’s about creating a different pain so the real pain can be forgotten for a while and surviving the cards dealt to us by life. 17-year-old Charlie Davis is a cutter. She hurts herself on purpose because it’s the only way she’s been able to cope with ...

Mark O’Flynn on making meaning and breaking rules

Born in Melbourne, Mark O'Flynn now lives in the Blue Mountains. He began writing for the stage before turning to fiction and poetry.  He has published five collections of poetry, most recently The Soup's Song. His novels include The Last Days of Ava Langdon, Grassdogs and The Forgotten World. In 2013 he also published the comic memoir, False Start, and a collection of short stories, White Light. What challenges do ...

Writers’ Group Open Night: event recap

‘If you’ve ever thought about joining a group, stop thinking and do it.’ Such is the resounding mantra from the groups represented at the Centre’s 2017 Writers’ Group Open Night, a lively event that celebrated some of the 30 writers’ groups who meet at the Centre. The evening showcased thirteen groups of varying sizes that write everything from poetry to picture books. ...

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